Mountain Made Ford: 1936 Ford Woody Wagon

  • February 04, 2021
The Rundown
  • Nicely Presented Older Restoration
  • Original, Rebuilt Flathead V8 engine
  • 99% of Wood is Original
  • New Waldron Exhaust System
  • Excellent Overall Condition
Why We Like It

Woodys are one of the most nostalgia-evoking cars ever built, and Ford set the standard for their production. They actually bought a mountain to ensure a steady supply of wood, they hired craftsmen from some of the best boat builders in the nation to ensure exquisite fit and finish, they even built bodies for other manufacturers. This one presents beautifully and yet is said to be wearing an older restoration, which likely gives it exactly the right, authentic feel a ‘30s Woody deserves.

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mountain-made-ford-1936-ford-woody-wagon00d0d jF4fK0doqv0z 0CI0t2 1200x900The tan-grey paint is enamel and was applied several years back, but judging by the photos, it still shows very well, as does the wood, which is said to be mostly original to the car. The stainless and brightwork look terrific, the interior’s in great shape and the scene under the hood is terrific for those not dissuaded by a little graceful aging. Equipped with vinyl side windows, they are easily rolled (literally) out of place for a remarkable breeze through effect – one never really feels claustrophobic in a Woody.

Powered by the Flathead V8 engine, a manual transmission sends power to the rear wheels via floor-mounted shifter. Inside, passengers will love the banjo steering wheel, dark burgundy upholstery, and extensive wood – the dashboard is gorgeous with the two-tone gauges and a burled effect that gave early Fords like this an even more upscale, richer appearance.
All things told, we think this particular Ford woody wagon is hard to beat – it’s got a lovely, light level of patina, a fabulously popular color combination for the era, and looks to be hugely original in spite of a restoration. Reading 40,000 miles on the odometer, we wonder if it might be original.mountain-made-ford-1936-ford-woody-wagon00K0K adXJP0GxAh4z 0CI0t2 1200x900

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Valuation Verdict

At the moment the market seems to be softening a bit for Woody wagons. This exact vehicle failed to sell on Bring A Trailer not long ago, and is now being brought to Craigslist to find a new caretaker, which is exemplary of the trend. Not long ago - literally only a few years ago - a car like this could have easily commanded a price in the $60,000 range, but they’re now struggling to get over $45,000. They might tread water in this current valuation trough for a little while, but we think time will be kind again. They just have too much to offer to any car enthusiast: namely high degrees of build quality, styling, enjoyability, simplicity, all yielding an almost cultish following. Given the overall condition, the V8, the whitewalls, the light patina, and the originality this car brings to the program, this is at least fair market, but we think it’s well bought.

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